The UU Salon

The Big Questions in life, answered by Unitarian Universalist bloggers. It's not "the" answer. It's "their" answer.
Because that's how we UUs roll.

Monday, December 13, 2010

December No Question

We're taking a break. One of us just survived finals week - the other is in search. Neither of us is ready for the holidays...

Our best wishes to all of you for a merry holiday season, however you celebrate!


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

November Question: What is a Unitarian Universalist?

I've heard a District Executive say that it's all about being in a covenantal relationship with a UU Church -- if you're not a member of a Unitarian Universalist Church, you're not a Unitarian Universalist. Peter Bowden talks about being a freerange UU. There's been talk about lapsed UUs, affiliated/non-affiliated UUs, self-identifying UUs, and the old joke about a UU being an atheist with children.  So, then, I ask you:

What is a Unitarian Universalist?

The Salon is OPEN.

Inner Light Radiant Life: The Big Question - Who is UU?

Insert Meaningful Name Here: Freedom and Meaning 

The Journey:  What is a Unitarian Universalist? 

Yuu're a What?: November UU Salon Topic: What is a Unitarian Universalist?

Friday, October 1, 2010

October Big Question

What is sacred to us?

Here's some context: I officiate at a number of weddings, mostly for people who are not Unitarian Universalists, but have gotten my name from one of the several UU churches in my area. One couple I worked with recently had inquired about the possibility of renting one of the opulent downtown cathedral for their wedding, and were told they could not because neither of them was Catholic. They found a Protestant church that was more than happy to allow the ceremony, but the minister there would not officiate because one of the partners had never been baptized in any Christian faith.

In thinking about the boundaries other groups put on the use of their spaces, I started wondering what was sacred to us - so sacred that we claim exclusive rights. Do we allow a non-UU couple to light the chalice in their wedding ceremony? Do we require any couple being married in a UU church to be married by a UU minister?

What say you? What is sacred? Where do we draw the line? Or, is there even a line to be drawn?

The Salon is OPEN.

Inner Light, Radiant Life: UU-Specific "Sacred"

Insert Meaningful Name Here: Searcing for Sacredness 

Chalice Spark: UU Salon--What is Sacred?

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

September Big Question

What is the nature of evil?

Let that question take you where it leads you.  Or, if you want more prodding ... what does evil look like?  What makes up evil?  Where does it come from?  Can people be evil?  Can nature be evil?  What are the limits of evil?  If you find the concept of God to be useful, what do you understand the relationship between God and evil to be?

The Salon is OPEN:

Inner Light, Radiant Life:  The Big Question - Evil

Strange Attractor: UU Salon - An It Harm None...

Earthbound Spirit: Between the Evil and the Good

The Journey: Evil

Sunday, August 1, 2010

August Big Question

First, watch the movie trailer...

If you've read the books, you know that Harry really has more than one possible answer - and this one is incomplete.

So, this month's Salon question is: Why do you live?

Take out your parchment & quills and begin. And please, answer more completely than Harry.

The Salon is OPEN.

Inner Life, Radiant Life: The Big Question - Why Live? 

The Journey: Why I Live, or "The Time of My Life"

Earthbound Spirit:  Livin' This Life ...

Ms. Kitty's Saloon and Road Show:  Why Do I Live? 

Nagoonberry:  I live to understand 

UU Momma:  Why Do I Live?

Seeking Divinity:  Why Live?

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Welcome to the UU Salon!

I miss the UU Blog Carnival. When a bunch of folks all post on the same topic, it's better than the sum of the parts. A conversation develops, with one impacting the other.

So, here's my attempt to get something similar going. Once a month, a Big Question will be posted. (Feel free to email Lizard Eater with proposed questions.)

Answer it on your blog. Goal: to give your answer. Not what you've read, though you certainly can reference those books and writers who have influenced your answer. Your answer, and the meaning you've found.

Come back, and put the link to your blog post in comments. After a quick look-see to make sure it fits The Fine Print, your post will be added to the roster answering that question.

Friday, April 2, 2010

The Fine Print

Your blog post will be added to the roster of answers if:

a) It avoids abusive language
b) Stays on-topic
c) Is written from a Unitarian Universalist viewpoint*

Further rules can be added at the discretion of any of the blog moderators

*Because that's the point of the blog. It's a UU Salon.